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The Basilica of St. John and House of Virgin Mary

This tour is completely for you if you want to discover House of Virgin Mary, and the Basilica of St. John. The professional tour guide will give all the information briefly.

Visiting Sights
  • House of Virgin Mary
  • St. John Basilica
Virgin Mary House Izmir
  • Full Day
  • Private
  • Everyday
  • 08:30
  • 16:00
  • +


This tour is completely for you if you want to discover House of Virgin Mary, and the Basilica of St. John. The professional tour guide will give all the information briefly. You will be picked up from Izmir cruise ship port and drive to Virgin Mary House and start your private tour.

House of Virgin Mary is the first place to be seen in this tour. House of Virgin Mary is a Catholic and Muslim shrine located in Bülbüldağı in Ephesus. It is known that after the death of Jesus, St. John brought Mother Mary to Ephesus. St Jean did not want Mary to stay in Jerusalem because of the Roman oppression. Together with Mother Mary, he came to Ephesus, the greatest and peaceful city of the time. St Jean, a sacred mission to spread the Christian religion, hid  Mother Mary in a secret cabin, covered with trees.

After visiting the House of Virgin Mary, you will see the Basilica of St. John. St. John Catholic Cathedral Basilica is the only cathedral standing today among the Seven Churches mentioned in the Revelation Book. This is the home and spiritual center of the Christian community founded by St. John. It is known that St. John has spent his last years in here. His grave can still be seen in the remains of the great Byzantine basilica. The First Christian Community recognized him and accepted him as the primary source.

At the end of the tour, you may have time to buy gifts for your loved ones. We hope to see you again. Tour representative will transfer you to your cruise ship. Thank you for choosing us.

  • Izmir cruise port pick up and drop off
  • English Speaking Licenced Tour guide
  • Entrance Fees to the mentioned sights
  • All necessary land transportation by A/C Touristical Buses
  • Local Taxes
  • Personal Expenses
  • Any Meals and Drinks
  • Any extra fees for transportation if your hotel is not central

Is there any risk to miss my cruise ship If I do not book with cruise line company?

No. The shore excursion will be private that means you will be able to determine the time. We guaranteed to take you back to the cruise ship on time according to your departure time. In case any traffic jam on the way, we will find a different way to take you back.

Are you a legal tour operator for organizing Day Tours from Cruise Port?

Yes, we are legal. We have registered tour company licensed by TURSAB (Associaton of Turkish Travel Agency) License Number: 6250 named Travel Bazaar.

How do I get my confirmation voucher?

When you book it online, We wil send your confirmation voucher in 48 hours after your booking and receiving your payment with the full instruction of the tour and pickups.

When do I have to pay?

You have to pay your tour at the time of booking. You should book your tour as early as possible because on tour date there will be many guests who will travel and book the tour from Cruise Port. That’s why it is very difficult to arrange a guide and driver because of the crowd.

Which currency do you charge?

We charge Euro or USD according to your preference.

How close to departure dates I book the shore excursion?

You can book even a day before but we do not guarantee for availability. Before you book it, please contact us via Whatsapp or by e-mail to check availability.

How much should we tip to guide and driver?

There is no any obligation to tip but it is a good way to show your thanks to guide and driver and there is no any certain minimum or maximum limit. All depends on how much you like the service.

Is it possible to cancel my reservation?

Yes, it is possible. If you cancel your reservation before 2 weeks of departure date there will be only %10 administrative fee of the total amount. If you book it within 2 weeks of departure dates, the full amount will be charged.

Do you have child reduction?

Yes, we have child reduction. When you are booking online the price shown if you insert the child number.

Can we choose stating time for the tour from Cruise Port?

Yes, you can choose because all of our tour from Cruise Ports are on a private basis. In this way, you are able to determine the time.

How do I meet with our guide and driver when we arrive in port?

Once you arrive in Cruise Port, your professional tour guide will wait at the exit of cruise port with a sign your name is written on it. When you meet with your guide, you will exit the port to the road and then you will meet with your driver as well to start the tour.


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